Christian Cabral Named Shipyard Manager


Christian Cabral

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is pleased to announce that Christian Cabral of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., has been named as its new Shipyard Manager.

Cabral first joined CBMM at the end of 2018 as its Floating Fleet Captain. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, he holds a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history, with a minor in philosophy. A majority of his professional career has been spent on the water, starting with an apprenticeship with boatbuilder, Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway. He later followed his father and brother and began working on sail training/charter vessels operated by Black Dog on Martha’s Vineyard. Since then, Cabral has worked onboard a variety of vessels both commercial and private, managed a charter business and, for the past five years, served as mate and captain onboard an 82’ schooner built by Gannon & Benjamin.

“Christian’s experience with the craftsmanship of boats, professional shipyards, and client relationships makes him an exceptional next leader for our Shipyard,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We have great faith in him to lead our staff through the exciting new projects we have in the works and to take the utmost care of the historic vessels already in our floating fleet.”

Cabral will be replacing Michael Gorman, who has been with CBMM full-time since 2011, having completed his shipwright apprenticeship at CBMM from 2006–2007. This spring, he will be leaving the Eastern Shore for a position with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

This summer will be an active time for CBMM’s Shipyard, with the start of construction on a new Maryland Dove scheduled to begin on June 1 at its Maritime Day celebration, and a restoration of the 1912 river tug Delaware already underway. To keep up with all of the Shipyard’s activity, including regular posts directly from its shipwrights and apprentices, visit

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

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